Microsoft releases updated Teams app that is speedier and uses less memory
According to Microsoft, the new Teams app offers a simplified and streamlined user experience that delivers improved speed and performance that is up to two times faster while consuming up to 50% less memory and disk space than classic Teams.
The classic client of Microsoft Teams used open-source software such as Electron as the host, this is also used by communications apps like Slack and Discord. With the new Teams, Microsoft transitioned from Electron to WebView2 as the host. Using Edge WebView2 as the host for the new Teams app helped Microsoft reduce memory usage and disk space as resources are shared with Edge.
New Teams will automatically pick light or dark mode and switch based on your system settings, helping Teams better blend into your workspace. New Teams has improved support for users with colour sensitivity, using Windows 11 contrast themes so users can select a colour palette that works best for their needs.
Users can also keep track of messages and notification activity, with features like "mark all as read” in activity (rolling out now), and "mark all as read” in chats or channels (coming soon to new Teams).
New Teams will also form the foundation for next-generation AI experiences, such as Microsoft Copilot. Microsoft says that Copilot in Teams will work alongside you to help you stay on top of your tasks by helping you get up to speed on conversations by quickly reviewing the main points, action items, and decisions without having to scroll through long threads. You can summarise key discussion points and suggest action items, all in real time during a meeting. Using the power of Microsoft Graph, Copilot can find and use info that's buried in documents, presentations, emails, calendar invites, notes, and contacts and bring everything together in your Teams app.
Upgrading to new Teams is quick and seamless, with no migration actually required. Classic Teams users will be automatically upgraded to new Teams in the coming months. To get started on your new Teams journey, simply flip the toggle in the upper-left corner of the classic Teams app.
Microsoft says that the new Teams will initially support Windows Intel, AMD, and ARM platforms and will be coming for all major platforms including Web, native M1, M2 and Intel Macs, and VDI.
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